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January 2018
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In this Issue:

City Manager's Message
ZeroTrash RSM
Low-Cost Pet Care Clinic

Crime Prevention - Fraud & Cyber Crime 
Senior Activities
Recreation Highlights
Christmas Tree Collection

RSM Food Pantry

TIP Volunteer Opportunity

City Manager's Message

Happy New Year!  It was great to see so many of you at the "Celebrating Family & Friends" event on New Year's Eve. It was a wonderful community gathering under a nearly full super-moon, and I'd like to thank the volunteers, sponsors, and of course our awesome vendors and entertainers for making it another memorable event. My staff and I look forward to providing you with another full year of programs and services. Watch for the Spring issue of the Rancho Santa Margarita Community Living Magazine in your mailbox soon detailing upcoming events. We'll also continue to keep you informed throughout the year of the many events, classes, resources and activities by way of our website, this newsletter, and of course our social media platforms. I wish you and yours a healthy and safe 2018.


Jennifer Cervantez

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Low-Cost Pet Care Clinic

Wednesday, January 3rd
Bell Tower Regional Community Center
22232 El Paseo

6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Cats only)
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (Dogs & Cats)

INFO: (714) 993-9193
Healthcare & Emergency Animal Rescue Team (HEART) provides vaccinations, de-worming, microchipping, flea and tick control and if time allows, nail trims. Please visit their website for detailed information. Cash or credit card ($3 processing fee) only; checks are not accepted.

If you have a cat or have pre-paid for your vaccines, you do not need to wait in line and can go immediately to the cashier table. All others will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis (with the exception of those who are physically unable to stand in line).
Important Rabies Information
Please bring a prior Rabies Certificate and other vaccination records with you. A 3-year Rabies Certificate can only be issued if you provide a prior Rabies Certificate. Otherwise, you will receive a 1-year Rabies Certificate.
Vaccines for dogs include:
Rabies - $7.00
DHP/DHPP - $20.00
Bordetella - $15.00
Lyme - $22.00
Microchip - $30.00
$2.00 hazardous materials disposal fee per pet
Vaccines for cats include:
Rabies - (killed virus) Purevax - $20.00 (1 yr) $48.00 (3 yr)
FVRCP "3-in-1" - $20.00
FELV - $22.00
Microchip - $30.00
$2.00 hazardous materials disposal fee per pet

"HEART" (aka "SCVVC") is a Non-Profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to saving lives and improving pet and wild animal health, safety, and welfare.
Prices are subject to change; clinic will cancel in the event of rain.

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ZeroTrash RSM

Saturday, January 6th

ZeroTrash Rancho Santa Margarita is a volunteer group that meets on the "Zero T First Saturday" of each month to rally together to rid the community of litter. All are welcome; parents, children, students, friends, neighbors  – anyone interested in keeping RSM clean! 

Volunteers meet in front of Cinepolis/ Panera at 10:00 a.m. and fan out from there. ZeroTrash provides the pickers and bags; volunteers are asked to closely supervise young children at all times, stay on trails and to keep a look out for snakes!  Return pickers and trash at noon behind the Bell Tower Community Center and obtain sign-offs for certification of community service hours or badge requirements.

Follow ZeroTrash RSM on Facebook for more information.

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Crime Prevention 

Fraud and Cyber Crimes Workshop

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center

 Rancho Santa Margarita residents are invited to attend the upcoming Fraud & Cyber Crimes Workshop in neighboring Mission Viejo. Part of the Orange County Sheriff Department’s “Stay Safe OC” Partners in Crime Prevention Workshop series, the program will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center, 24932 Veterans Way. The workshop series is geared to help residents learn valuable information on current crime trends and safety practices that can help deter crime in the community. 

Fraud and Cyber Crimes are currently some of the most common, fastest growing crimes. Today’s connectivity to the worldwide web and access to advanced technology have simplified life in many ways. However, technology has also opened up a criminal dark side in which thieves lurk, seeking to steal financial and personal information causing financial duress for members of the community. Don't miss this opportunity to gain valuable information and become vigilant on ways to avoid the web of thieves.

Due to limited seating, reservations are required. Please click here to register.

Follow Rancho Santa Margarita Police Services on Facebook and Instagram and Twitter:

Twitter - @OCSDRanchoSM

Facebook - @OCSDRanchoSM

Instagram - ocsdranchosm


Orange County Sheriff’s Department Non-Emergency (949) 770-6011
Emergency 911

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Senior Activities at the Bell Tower Regional Community Center

The mission of Age Well Senior Services is to promote and improve the quality of life and independence of the senior community.


Visit our Senior Activities webpage for more information, follow Age Well RSM on Facebook or contact Lindy Kehler at (949)216-9700, ext. 257.


UC Irvine and Age Well Senior Services invite you to attend

Where did I put my keys? Tales
from the hippocampus for
anyone over the age of 30

Monday, March 19, 2018
9:30 a.m.
Bell Tower Regional Community Center

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January Recreation Highlights

Tunes & Tales
$53/ 5 Classes
Let’s get the wiggles out! Tunes & Tales is a Music and Movement class for children ages 2 to 4 years. Sing-a-longs and finger play songs start off this fun-filled class followed by musical activities using bean bags, rhythm sticks, instruments, a parachute and more. Children have a great time while developing their listening and social skills. Parent/adult participation required. Ages: 2-4 yrs.
Instructor:  Vivian Stapleton
410913 01           Th               Jan 11 - Feb 8                   9:45-10:40 am
410913 02           Th               Feb 22 - Mar 22               9:45-10:30 am

After School Sewing for Kids & Teens
$148/ 4 Classes
Learn sewing basics, fabric selection, how to follow a pattern and complete amazing projects in class.  No prior experience is needed.   All fabric, notions, and sewing machines are supplied. Ages: 7.5-17 yrs.
What to Bring: $35 cash materials fee
Instructor:  Linda Rush
420501 01           T                 Jan 9 - Jan 30                     3:30-6 pm
420501 02           T                 Feb 6 - Feb 27                  3:30-6 pm

Computer Coding with CodeSpeak Labs
$200/ 10 Classes
With Code Speak Labs, students will learn computational thinking through multiple languages: Google's Blocky (puzzles), MIT's Scratch (games/animations), web development (HTML/CSS) and JavaScript (web apps). Ages: 6-12 yrs.
Instructor:  CodeSpeak Labs
420774 01           Th               Jan 4  - Mar 8                   4-5 pm

Beginning Guitar
$98/ 5 Classes
Playing the guitar is an enjoyable and relaxing way to enrich your life with music. Experience interaction with other beginning guitarists in a supportive, small group environment. The aim of the class is to transform the novice into a self-reliant musician. Learn to play easy chords, fun melodies, strum styles and many popular songs. Instructor Ron Gorman has enjoyed teaching this class for the city of RSM for twelve years. Have a blast and bring your own guitar to class. Ages: 10 yrs. & up.
Instructor:  Ron Gorman
420901 01           T                 Jan 9  - Feb 6                     6-7 pm
Beginning Ukulele
$98/ 5 Classes
Just one strum of the ukulele brings on a smile. Enjoy learning how to play the world's easiest string instrument in a supportive, small group setting. This class will provide all the fundamentals to be able to play songs on your own. Learn simple chords, easy melodies, strum styles, fingerpicking and a wide assortment of great songs. Instructor Ron Gorman has enjoyed teaching music classes for the city of RSM for twelve years. Bring your own ukulele to class and let's have some fun! Ages: 10 yrs. & up.
Instructor:  Ron Gorman
420916 01           T                 Jan 9 - Feb 6                      7-8 pm

New Year, New You!
$13/ 1 Class
Get the body that you want using daily strategies, habits and nutritional support.  All of the best intentions won't change your life... but embracing new strategies and natural solutions give you a lifetime of results - because they are easy to incorporate and they work!  We will learn how to prioritize your health, give you ways to manage hunger, and teach you how to support your health from the inside out! Ages: 18 yrs. & up 
What to bring: $5 cash materials fee
Instructor:  Maureen Amirault
440838 01           W               Jan 10               6:30-8 pm

Click here to access the City's online registration system.

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Christmas Tree Collection

Christmas trees will be collected curbside at no charge on the customer’s regular trash pickup day on service dates through Monday, January 15th. Residents do not need to call for pickup. CR&R will collect trees using a separate truck driving the route. Any tree must be less than six feet tall for it to be taken by CR&R. If a tree is taller than six feet, CR&R requires customers to cut the tree so that no piece is longer than six feet. 

For more information call CR&R at (877) 728-0446 or visit their website.

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RSM Food Pantry

Tuesday, January 2nd
Thursday, January 18th

The RSM Food Pantry is every first Tuesday and third Thursday of the month from 2 to 5 pm. There are no minimum or financial qualification required. Come by and get a box for your family, or for a neighbor in need. 

The RSM Food Pantry is located in the parking lot behind The Bridge Church.  30162 Tomas, Rancho Santa Margarita. Contact RSM Cares to learn about how you can volunteer time or donate to this great program. The RSM Food Bank is now registered with 211OC.

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Trauma Intervention Program seeks volunteers

The Trauma Intervention Program is currently recruiting volunteers. No experience is necessary and training begins Thursday, January 18. TIP volunteers provide immediate support to survivors of traumatic events and make a difference in someone’s life when they need it most. For more information, or to register, visit tiporangecounty.org or call (714) 314-0744.

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Rancho Santa Margarita

City Council

Michael Vaughn, Mayor

Jerry Holloway, Mayor Pro Tempore
L. Anthony Beall, Council Member
Carol Gamble, Council Member

Brad McGirr, Council Member

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